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Margot at the Wedding (2007)

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, more...
Director: Noah Baumbach, Noah Baumbach
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Independent, Black Comedy, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Margot at the Wedding, writer/director Noah Baumbach's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Squid and the Whale, stars Nicole Kidman as Margot, a woman who travels with her son to the wedding of her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The relationship between the two siblings has never been harmonious, a situation that is exacerbated when Margot discovers she cares very little for her sister's fiancÚ (Jack Black). Soon the high-strung Margot escalates a feud between her sister and the neighbors, and family secrets come to light, forcing everyone to rethink their various feelings toward each other. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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Much better than "they" would have you believe by glissando April 20, 2008 - 6:19 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The titular/formal allusions to Rohmer are telling. Baumbach is building an interesting resume, much like Woody Allen, or Rohmer himself, if either of them made films much less frequently and took just a little bit more care directing actors. The drab realism here is so stark it's complex -- characters are laughing when you're blinking, trying to figure out if that is, in fact, what they just said, and they're tearfully slapping each other after what are probably, in some parallel universe, punch-lines. This has to be one of the most insurmountable marketing challenges since "My Dinner With Andre," which I suppose even still had a target demographic. My advice to the trailer cutter; next time you get Jack Black (who turns in a remarkably astute and believable performance) comparing his various reproductive organs on-screen, AND an auto-erotic Nicole Kidman (equally astute and believable, at least in that scene), don't waste it.

In brief, this isn't so much the next logical step from "Squid in the Whale" as it is yet another riff in the same modal scale -- darker, more intense, with less care about what might work for the audience. If only more young directors were this solipsistic without being arrogant, and this severely in need of behavioral therapy. Why, we might do away with target demographics all together.

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(Average 6.68)
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